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Jaguars Lose Tight Opener at Home to the Packers 27-23

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The Packers and Jaguars played one of the better games Sunday afternoon to kickoff the 2016 season, with the Packers making a huge 4th-and-1 stop in the final seconds to pull out a 27-23 win.

Aaron Rodgers was 20 of 34 passes for 199 yards, with TD passes to Jordy Nelson and Davante Adams in the win for the Pack, who won just their second opener in the last five years.

Keys to the Jaguars Loss:

1. Inability to Pressure ARod

The Jaguars had very little pressure it appeared on Rodgers all day, and the two-time MVP picked apart the Jaguars secondary, hitting key plays in building the lead. The Jags need to work on this, as they spent a ton of money on their defense this offseason, and Sunday was a tough start.

2. Offense Did a Lot – Just Not Enough

Blake Bortles completed 24 of 39 passes for 320 yards, with a touchdown and an interception. Allen Robinson caught six passes for 72 yards, including three on fourth-down plays, but in the end the team wasn’t able to finish, and the 4th down play which lost the game was a wide out screen in which they tried to get Allen Hurns loose, and it just failed. If the offense keeps on this pace, it could be a great year for the Jags offense.

3. Flag Happy

The Jaguars had 9 penalties on the day for 79 yards, compared to just 24 yards of flags on five penalties for the Packers. Gus Bradley and the coaching staff has to teach the team to be physical and make big plays, but also be smart. It seemed like as a young team they too often made mistakes Sunday that cost them.

Next: The Jaguars Play at the Chargers in their first road game next Sunday.

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